Oamaru Town Hall by Ron Esplin

Oamaru Town Hall

Oamaru is a town on the East coast of New Zealand with beautiful historic buildings built from the local sandstone known as Oamaru Stone. The Town Hall in this watercolour is no exception. I was pleased with the simplicity and freedom of this rendition, especially the trees.
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YOu are so right - the simplicity of this work makes a strong impact! I also love the shading and light...
over 3 years ago
This is a wonderful scene you have painted so very well!
over 3 years
Love it and have been there as my cousin Brian is a doctor at the hospital. Warm regards susie Mac. A lovely painting
over 2 years
Love the loose style - you are so talented at using negative space - Marcia (my mother, the artist) is particularly impressed by that as she says it is difficult to do! And...where ya been??
over 2 years
Thank you Marcia, I have been busy...but all art related. Now doing a radio show on OAR, (Otago Access Radio) called the "Arty Farty Hour". You can access a podcast from their website if you are interested. Glad to be back!
over 2 years
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Ron EsplinRon has had a lifetime exposure to art as both his late father Tom, and his brother Clark were painters, jointly referring to their involvement in art activities as “The family Firm.”
As soon as he could hold a pencil, Ron was drawing , and he was soon in demand at school doing posters and stage sets for school productions. He continued to paint recreationally, attending evening classes at Otago Polytechnic Art School in Dunedin New Zealand, before embarking in 1995 on a serious effort to develop his painting. In 2010 Ron became a full time artist, realizing a life long dream.
Ron has a studio in central Dunedin where he paints in acrylics and oils, and of course he has continued to develop his watercolour painting. He also runs classes...
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I feel I should never paint in this style again!! Do you agree? I did the best I could in a style I do not particularly like!
It's a style I love and it requires close attention to detail. When I paint like this I often turn the canvas upside down or sideways and concentrate on small... view answer
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